Dropdownify – Minimal effort dropdown

So recently I was asked to change a navigation style of an existing site to drop-down menus.

Simple, I thought, just use one of the many existing drop-down plugins. I tried many, but most seemed to use hardcoded styles and I had a few problems (some of which I encountered again, writing this).

So I’ve made this, I think it’s fairly robust, but I’m sure there’ll be problems with embedded objects (flash) and select boxes (in <= IE6), but for my needs, it sufficed, so I thought I'd share, in case anyone else needs a simple script to manage drop-downs. To use, create a nest of elements like this:

or something similar (any elements, should work) and call:

Which should create a simple drop-down.

There are a couple of examples, one for jQuery and one for mootools, and the files can downloaded here and here.

I did encounter a problem with IE, mainly due to z-index faults, so with HTML code like the following:

I used the following CSS: